Joel Drucker: Resurgence of Vasek Pospisil

Sunday, February 12

+ Tip of the hat to American Alison Riske. Having lost her only previous Fed Cup singles match, Riske opened the tie versus veteran Andrea Petkovic – 12-6 in Fed Cup singles. Petkovic, a reader of all sorts of literature, would no doubt agree that the first set was a page out of “War & Peace” author Leo Tolstoy. But after 65 minutes, Riske had taken it in a tiebreaker, 12-10. Riske raced through the second, 6-2.

+ A sense of where you are: Superb shot struck by Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic in her Fed Cup match against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

Alas, there are no style points in tennis, nor a three-point line. Muguruza won the match by the rare score of 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

+ Comeback Canadian. Nice to see a resurgent Vasek Pospisil in action. Ranked as high as #25 in the world three years ago, the sleek Canadian is now #131. But late last year he took on a new coach, Hall of Famer Mark Woodforde. With an Aussie like Woodforde in his corner, Pospisil has worked hard and figures to learn more. Last weekend he took out top 50 players Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund in Davis Cup matches. This week he’s playing the KPSF Open, a new Challenger event in San Francisco – and gutted his share of the American future, earning wins over Reilly Opelka, Francis Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh to reach the finals versus a qualifier Ze Zhang.

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